PHOENIX — Celtics coach Doc Rivers told reporters this afternoon that Kevin Garnett may miss tonight’s game with the Suns, saying he was “questionable” and could conceivably miss more than one game.
“If I do decide to sit him, I’m not sitting him for one game. I can tell you that,” Rivers said, according to a story first reported by Comcast SportsNet. “I told Kevin that.”
Garnett had offseason surgery on his right knee, an injury that sidelined him for the entire playoffs last season. He was kicked in the knee Monday night in a loss to Golden State.
“It’s early in the season,” said Rivers, according to Comcast. “We got tonight and we got two days, and then we got three days after that. To me, if you’re going to rest guys, this is the perfect time to do it.”
Garnett missed last Tuesday’s victory over the Pacers with a bruised right thigh. He missed just one game, returning for the Celtics’ win on Christmas Day over the Magic, but he suffered a hard fall with little more than a minute remaining in that game.
Rondo, who has a sore left hamstring, participated in the team’s shootaround this morning, as did Garnett. Rivers said he wasn’t certain if Rondo would play tonight.
The Celtics were already preparing to face the 20-12 Suns with a depleted roster. They will be without forward Glen Davis (sprained ankle) tonight, and Paul Pierce will miss his fourth straight game as he recovers from arthroscopic surgery to drain fluid from his infected right knee.
The Celtics have also recalled rookie guard Lester Hudson from Maine of the NBDL.
Chad Finn of the Globe staff contributed to this report.